Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (24 March) laid the foundation stone and dedicated development projects worth more than Rs 1780 crores in his parliamentary constituency Varanasi.
The projects include laying the foundation stone of the Passenger Ropeway from Varanasi Cantt station to Godowlia, a 55 MLD sewage treatment plant at Bhagwanpur under Namami Ganga Scheme, Phases 2 and 3 of the redevelopment work of Sigra Stadium, an LPG bottling plant at Isarwar village, Sewapuri to be built by Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd, a primary health center in Bharthara village and floating jetty with changing rooms among others.
The Prime Minister also dedicated 19 drinking water schemes under the Jal Jeevan Mission, which will benefit more than 3 lakh people of 63 gram panchayats.
He also laid the foundation stone of 59 drinking water schemes under the Mission.
PM Modi also dedicated an integrated pack house in Karkhiyaon for grading, sorting and processing of fruits and vegetables. He also dedicated various projects under the Varanasi Smart City Mission, according to a PMO release.
Addressing the gathering, PM Modi said that the foundation stone of a passenger ropeway has been laid while other projects worth hundreds of crores have also been initiated for the all-around development of Varanasi which includes sectors like drinking water, health, education, Ganga cleanliness, flood control, police services and sports services among others.
He also informed that the foundation stone of the Center of Excellence on Machine Tools Design has been laid at BHU which adds another institution of global standards to the city.
The Prime Minister congratulated the people of Varanasi and Purvanchal for the development projects of today.
He also highlighted the new development projects related to tourism and the beautification of the city.
“Be it roads, bridges, railways or airports, the connectivity to Varanasi has completely eased”, the Prime Minister said as he pointed out that the new ropeway project will take the connectivity in the city to a new level.
He noted that it will boost the facilities of the city along with creating a new attraction for tourists.
PM Modi said that the distance between Banaras Cantt Railway station and Kashi-Vishwanath Corridor will be covered within minutes after the completion of the ropeway while also easing traffic congestion in areas between Cantt Station and Godowlia.